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Number of Texas students taking Advanced Placement more than doubles in the past decade

Texas Education Agency
March 1, 2016

Texas Education Agency

Commissioner of Education Mike Morath announced today that the number of Texas graduates taking at least one Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) exam during high school has more than doubled over the past decade, according to College Board's AP Cohort Data Report for the Class of 2015. In addition, the percentage of Texas students taking at least one AP exam in high school continues to outpace the national average.

According to Class of 2015 figures from the College Board, Texas also continued its successful pace in achieving equitable participation for low-income students. Half (50.5 percent) of the AP examinees in the Class of 2015 were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Of those students, 44.6 percent achieved a score of 3 or higher – much higher than the national average (24.2 percent) and higher than any other state.

"It's not only important that we continue to see more students taking AP exams in the years ahead, we should also maintain an expectation for high levels of success," said Commissioner Morath.

The College Board states that a score of 3 or higher on an AP Exam demonstrates that a student is capable of doing the work of an introductory-level course in a particular subject in college. Just over 20 percent of Texas students (20.8 percent) in the Class of 2015 scored a 3 or higher on an AP exam during high school, which was below the national average (22.4 percent).

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